WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

Guidance Documents Regarding Extended School Year (ESY) services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B

In a May 20, 2020, email communication to the field, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded three guidance documents regarding Extended School Year (ESY) Services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review these important documents at:

Guidance for Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)]

Guidance for Early Childhood Child Find during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)

Transition from Part C to Part B During the COVID-19 Health Emergency (May 8, 2020)

 

THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!

FREE audio library for kids during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut-based CRIS Radio is offering free, temporary log-in credentials to educators, parents, and students to access their CRISKids Audio Library during the COVID-19 crisis. The CRISKids Audio Library is quite extensive, with more than 1,000 recordings, nearly all requested by teachers in Connecticut.  Access to the recordings will be free and available on any Wi-Fi connected device or smartphone, as well as through the CRIS Radio mobile app.  Those interested should contact Laura Boogaert at lboogaert@crisradio.org to receive their free login credentials and instructions on how to access the service.

Supporting Parents/Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide & Webinar Series

Supporting Parents/Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide & Webinar Series

The Bureau of Special Education is excited to share with you some Professional Support Series webinars and resources, which can be found on the CSDE Professional Support Series for Families webpage and CSDE Professional Support Series for Districts webpage (in the Guidance on Special Education section).

Overview and Getting Started Section

The CT State Department of Education, the RESC Alliance, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and the CT Association of Private Special Education Facilities (CAPSEF) are collaborating to provide guidance, tools, and resources for parents and caregivers of students with high needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this recorded session, we will provide families and educators with overview of a new resource designed for parents/caregivers to support your efforts to engage your child/young adult in continued educational opportunities in the home environment.

Presenters: Colleen Hayles, Education Consultant, CSDE; Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE; Deborah Richards, Director of Student Services, CREC; Nicole Natale, Senior Education Specialist, CREC

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Resources:

 Future Webinar Series Sections include:

  • Art
  • Life-Skills and Self-Help Skills;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Literacy;
  • Math;
  • Science, Social Studies, and Current Events;
  • Physical Activity and Mobility;
  • Sensory Activities; and
  • Play and Leisure.

Secondary Transition Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Bureau of Special Education is excited to share with you some Professional Support Series webinars and resources, which can be found on the CSDE Professional Support Series for Families webpage and CSDE Professional Support Series for Districts webpage (in the Guidance on Special Education section).

During statewide school classroom closures, school districts are required to provide special education and related services, which includes transition services, identified in a student’s IEP developed pursuant to the IDEA, to the greatest extent possible. For transition-age students, this means offering transition services to assist the student in reaching their postsecondary goals, which are based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to postsecondary education or training AND employment, and, if appropriate, independent living skills. This webinar will provide an overview of the resource list, which includes activities and resources related to providing continued educational opportunities and the provision of transition services during this unprecedented time.

Presenter: Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE

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Resources:

UPDATED to consider virtual learning environments! Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the RESC Alliance, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI). Designed to assist participants in receiving the most up-to-date information regarding state and federal guidelines, strengthening collaboration and feeling more confident leading PPT meetings both virtually and in-person.

For more details and registration information, please visit CT PPTLI 2020-21 Information

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update #1

On Friday, April 24, 2020, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, issued a memorandum to Connecticut Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services. This important document was update #1 to the March 24, 2020, memorandum titled, Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update #1 at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/2020424-Special-Education-Guidance.pdf?la=en .

Due Process Activities under IDEA during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In an April 6, 2020, memorandum to Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Connecticut State Department of Education’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued guidance related to Due Process Activities under IDEA during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To review this important memorandum, please see https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/April-6-2020-Due-Process-Activities-under-IDEA-COVID-19.pdf .